When 20th Century Fox announced they were planning on rebooting the Fantastic Four franchise the news was met with a golfing hand clap. The reason for such a lukewarm reception was largely due to the critical response both the 2005, (The Fantastic Four), and 2007, (The Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer) had garnered.
Wiping the slate clean Fox was adamant that the franchise would take a new direction looking to Marvel and the success of their franchises as an example they employed director Josh Trank, whose debut film the superhero/fantasy Chronicle had been both a critical and financial success, pulling in a ridiculous $126m against a paltry $12m budget.
Although plot details have been scarce now we finally get a look at what this new incarnation of the Fantastic Four will be like and it doesn’t disappoint. Darker, more contemporary than it’s bubblegum predecessors it tells the story of four people who teleport to an alternate universe, which alters their physical form and grants them new abilities, which they must harness to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
On first impressions this movie could fit perfectly into the current Marvel mold.
Fantastic Four is due for release on August 7th.